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The Creature from the Pit - S17-E3

New this month Plot hole: In part 2 it's brought up in conversation several times that all metal is rare on that planet. Handy exposition for the viewers, but it's in fact a really odd thing for the characters to say. The inhabitants aren't giving a tour of their planet (certainly not deliberately at any rate), so why would they state facts that have been well known to them all of their lives? It's a bit like meeting strangers and informing them that two thirds of the Earth are covered by oceans.

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Planet of the Spiders - S11-E5

Plot hole: At the climax of episode 2, the Doctor is about to catch Lupton when the latter simply teleports to safety. So why didn't he do that in first place - before engaging in a 15-minute chase.

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Mission to the Unknown - S3-E2

Plot hole: The Daleks announce their secret plan on the city's external loudspeaker system, where Cory hears it. It can hardly be a 'secret' plan if it is broadcast for all to hear...

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The Three Doctors - S10-E1

Plot hole: The Brigadier says UNIT HQ is 'a Top Secret establishment'. It is, in fact so secret that it has a large sign outside informing the world not only of its function, but also the name of the commanding officer...

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The Keys of Marinus - S1-E5

Plot hole: Yartek tried to disguise himself as Arbitan, by wearing Aribtan's robes, and pulling the hood over his giant rubber head. Strangely enough, no-one seems to notice that "Arbitan" is now suddenly speaking with completely different voice, and now has a two-foot-tall-head.

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The Invisible Enemy - S15-E2

Plot hole: The damage caused by the shuttle crashing into the Bi-Al Foundation is seen BEFORE it actually happens.

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Invasion of the Dinosaurs - S11-E2

Plot hole: The Tyrannosaurus Rex which appears in this story does not actually roar; instead it says the WORD 'roar' several times. There may be little scientific evidence as what sound a T.Rex makes, but it is unlikely that any of them spoke fluent English...

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Earthshock - S19-E6

Plot hole: The Cyber Leader states that he needs the Doctor to pilot the TARDIS. It makes no sense then, that he would try to kill the Doctor once inside, and before the TARDIS had landed in a safe place.

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Planet of Giants - S2-E1

Plot hole: The miniaturized TARDIS crew never interact with the other characters in this story, because, as the Doctor points out, the 'giants' will be unable to hear them, as their voices will be on a different wavelength. So why does the Doctor later suggest using the telephone to try to call for help?

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The Invisible Enemy - S15-E2

Plot hole: The Doctor's clone is free of the virus - so why is Lowe's clone infected? Perhaps they infected him after cloning, in which case, why is Lowe cloned at all?

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The War Games - S6-E7

Plot hole: Despite being asked to memorise all the locations and war zone commanders, Zoe's photographic memory lets her down: her first words to the Mexican leader are 'Who are you?'.

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The Invasion of Time - S15-E6

Plot hole: In the middle of chasing the Doctor, Stor abandons the idea of controlling Gallifrey in favour of destroying it for no readily apparent reason.

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The Three Doctors - S10-E1

Plot hole: After UNIT HQ disappears, you can see a patch of grass where the UNIT HQ used to be...but just exactly how can grass grow underneath a building?

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Nightmare of Eden - S17-E4

Plot hole: When the Doctor goes into the CET projection of Eden, to fight the Manrells, he disappears into the bushes on the left-hand side of the screen. Cue much shaking of foliage, and Tom Baker's cries of 'ooh' 'aargh' and 'ouch'. The Doctor then reappears with his clothes all tattered and torn, due to his 'fight' with the Mandrells...but the the fact that there is not a mark (not even a scratch) on Tom Baker is something of a giveaway that all Tom Baker did was disappear behind some bushes and do a quick change into a tattered version of his costume...

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The Twin Dilemma - S21-E7

Plot hole: Azmael doesn't recognise the regenerated Doctor (In the shape of Colin Baker) whereas on most other occasions other Time Lords do recognize each other through telepathy. This is odd behaviour by Azmael, considering that Azmael and the Doctor HAVE actually met before, and possibly more than once. (Azmael last met the Doctor in the Doctor's fourth incarnation, and was the best teacher the Doctor ever had. On that occasion, Azmael got drunk.).

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The War Games - S6-E7

Plot hole: The map of the "War Zones" where the Aliens are conducting their War Games can be seen several times in this story. The map is visibly divided into 11 zones. Yet, during this story, the "War Zones" visited or referred to total THIRTEEN.

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The Time Warrior - S11-E1

Plot hole: How did UNIT soldiers manage to get the TARDIS through an ordinary door into the Doctor's dorm in the research centre? The Doctor's labs in the various UNIT HQs had either double doors or a removable partition wall. The research centre is supposed to be an ordinary country house with single doors and solid walls. The TARDIS is larger than the average wardrobe and, unlike most modern wardrobes, doesn't come apart so it can be got through doorways. The TARDIS is known to be a "Type 40 capsule"...but there's never been any mention of the TARDIS being an IKEA-style "flat pack self-assembly" time machine...

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The Curse of Fenric - S26-E3

Plot hole: A line of dialogue in "The Curse of Fenric" indicates that the Russians planned to make their escape by "going to the North Way", in other words, escaping to Norway. However, the story is set in the summer of 1943, when Norway was under Nazi occupation. It would not be a smart idea for any Russian military personnel to head for Nazi-occupied Norway.

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Inferno - S7-E4

Plot hole: Just after the Doctor meets the Brigade Leader, he looks at the countdown and says in a very loud voice, "only 3 hours and 22 minutes". Several minutes later, when he leaves the office after stunning Benton, the countdown still reads 3 hours and 22 minutes. Did the countdown clock stop?

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Delta and the Bannermen - S24-E3

Plot hole: The Doctor says the explosion of the sonic cone will destroy everyone, so why doesn't it?

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The Wheel in Space - S5-E7

Plot hole: When the airlock door is opening at the end of the final episode, the Cyberman is the only one who appears to be affected by the air rushing out. Although 'rushing out' is probably overstating the speed of the 'explosive decompression'. It's not so much an explosion as a gentle breeze...

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City of Death - S17-E2

Plot hole: In episode 4, watch what Romana does to Professor Kerensky's time machine in order to make it work. It is surprising that the time machine works at all, considering she is supposed to be in Paris at the time. Romana wires up the time machine to a British (i.e. 3-pin 240 volts) electric plug instead of a "continental" 3-pin 110 volt plug.

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The Invisible Enemy - S15-E2

Plot hole: After the Doctor and Leela's clones fade, the camera pans to show Leela's knife. But since the knife was created in the cloning process, it should have faded out with Leela, the Doctor and their other personal items.

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The Invisible Enemy - S15-E2

Plot hole: Why doesn't Lowe simply shoot Leela the second her back is turned? Moreover, why does he take them to get medical help? It's made clear that the virus has everything it needs on Titan.

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Destiny of the Daleks - S17-E1

Plot hole: The Daleks spend a lot of time and effort mining down to where Davaros is, despite the fact that there is a window on that level and Davaros is on the ground floor.

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Colony in Space - S8-E4

Plot hole: Jo is surprisingly skeptical about the TARDIS being able to move, considering she saw it dematerialise in the last episode.

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Vengeance on Varos - S22-E2

Plot hole: The energy weapons in this story fire a series of small red bullets, which cause numerous problems. For a start, the guns appear to have seven chambers, yet the bullets start from the same point; as they are separate bullets, surely the most minor of movements would mean they wouldn't emerge in a straight line. Later, when the Doctor steals a cart, the bullets are coming quite a distance towards the screen but the bullets don't get any bigger. Also, in the same scene, the Doctor passes through the area they seem to be travelling, yet the bullets just continue to pass in front of him.

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Timelash - S22-E5

Plot hole: The Bandrils not only know of the Time Lords but are capable of connecting to them, yet the Bandril are barely capable of space travel and can't produce their own food. So, the Bandrils are not very technologically advanced it seems, so why do they have ties with the High Council of the Time Lords? And how does either party benefit from such an association?

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The Ribos Operation - S16-E1

Plot hole: After Romana and the Doctor hide in the relic room, the Captain enters, then bends down to inspect the door that conceals the Shrivenzale. Unfortunately, the actor turns to his right when he does so, which make it rather odd that he doesn't see the white-clad Time Lady standing right in front of him.

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Galaxy 4 - S3-E1

Plot hole: When Maaga has the Doctor and his crew in her power, why doesn't she demand that they take her off the planet in the TARDIS?

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The Two Doctors - S22-E4

Plot hole: Oscar really does keep a clean restaurant. Even after Shockeye has stabbed him with a knife, the knife is clean, with no unsightly blood to be seen.

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Horror of Fang Rock - S15-E1

Plot hole: Palmerdale and the others hear someone on the stairs. Skinsale opens the door and, despite Reuben being right in front of him, looks downstairs and calls out to the Doctor before turning and suddenly spotting the lumbering keeper.

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Pyramids of Mars - S13-E3

Plot hole: It is never explained why so much of the story takes place in England. All of the equipment for Sutekh's rocket comes from his tomb and could just as easily - probably more easily - have been set up right there in Egypt. And at the end, instead of just walking out of his tomb, he takes the spatial corridor to England just so he can get caught in the Doctor's trap.

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City of Death - S17-E2

Plot hole: The sketch of Romana is different when it's seen outside the café from the one seen inside the cafe (and just who's doing the sketch, and why?).

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Earthshock - S19-E6

Plot hole: The freighter traveling back in time makes no sense. According to Adric, the Cybermen's computer is responsible, yet the Cybermen possess no such technology; their machine's task was simply to navigate the freighter towards Earth. The idea that time travel could happen by accident is also absurd.

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Robot - S12-E1

Plot hole: The linchpin of the plot makes no sense whatsoever. In an effort to diffuse international tension, the superpowers would allow Britain to publish the codes that would allow anyone in the world to launch their nuclear missiles? And then, after going through the drama of not one but two countdowns, it's revealed that the superpowers can just activate safety over-rides to prevent the launch. So how in Hades did the SRS have any threat whatsoever to wield over them and issue their demands?

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The War Machines - S3-E10

Plot hole: It is highly unlikely that the discovery of a dead down-and-out's body in an empty warehouse would be reported in a national newspaper, especially as the discovery had to have been made when the newspapers were already being printed.

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The Green Death - S10-E5

Plot hole: Professor Jones says they tried to borrow the cutting equipment a few weeks ago, but Mr. Stevens says it was yesterday. One of them must be wrong...

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The Pirate Planet - S16-E2

Plot hole: Mr. Fibuli reports that the aircar the Doctor tried to steal is immobilized. Yet somehow, K-9 is able to activate it.

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The Mark of the Rani - S22-E3

Plot hole: Peri goes to a fair bit of trouble to bolt the door on the bath house when rescuing the Doctor. But when the Rani and the Master arrive, they simply open the door. Now this, in itself, isn't a mistake, as the Master has a special gadget for opening locked/bolted doors, yet both The Master and The Rani seem surprised that someone is in the bath house.

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The Ice Warriors - S5-E3

Plot hole: We twice see a map of how far the ice is away from the house, once in the first episode, and later in episode five. The ice has moved most of the way across the map in this time, and the distance it has moved is stated to be a 100 metres. This would place the it only 20 metres from the base. The problem with the distance is that it takes Penley quite a while to get the injured Jamie to the base, including a stretch across open ground. Also, the Ice Warriors weapon targeter suggests the base is as much as two kilometres away. So just how far away is the ice; 20 metres, 2 kilometers...or somewhere in between?

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The Monster of Peladon - S11-E4

Plot hole: The temperature of the air being blown into the mines is controlled from the communications room when the Doctor needs to knock out the Ice Warriors. But conveniently, the ventilation system is controlled from the refinery when Eckersley needs to suffocate the miners.

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The Curse of Fenric - S26-E3

Plot hole: In episode 4 of "The Curse of Fenric", the weather is supposed to change for the worse and become very stormy. The Doctor and Ace are seen to be sheltering under an umbrella from the torrential downpour. Yet the skies in the background are bright, blue and sunny...

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City of Death - S17-E2

Plot hole: The Atlantic Ocean didn't exist in Early Devonian times (c.400 million years ago), so Scaroth's ship could not have been where the Doctor claimed. The Atlantic was formed when Europe and Africa separated from North America around 160 million years ago and is still growing. What is now the sea-bed was once covered up by several miles of Continental Shelf. The Early Devonian landscape would have been far from barren as plantlife was well established by then. So, either the Doctor's theory that Scaroth's exploding ship caused the creation of life on Earth is wrong, or it was much earlier than he said.

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The Invasion of Time - S15-E6

Plot hole: Leela's decision to stay with Andred is very sudden. They barely speak during the serial.

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The Daemons - S8-E5

Plot hole: It is never explained who - or what - killed the man in the churchyard during the first scene (early in part one). It cannot be Bok (the gargoyle) or Azal (the Daemon) as neither of them have awoken.

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Revelation of the Daleks - S22-E6

Plot hole: The DJ fires the ultrasonic gun, to demonstrate it to Peri. The glass in the doors breaks. When the Daleks arrive the glass in the doors is unbroken. It then doesn't break the glass in the doors in any of the other times he fires the weapon.

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The Creature from the Pit - S17-E3

Plot hole: The Doctor should not need a book on Tibetan as he already knows the language...he went to Tibet in the Season 11 story "Planet of the Spiders". (Of course, that was Jon Pertwee, the 3rd Doctor Who. Perhaps losing the mastery of the Tibetan language was a result the regeneration into Tom Baker...).

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The Dominators - S6-E1

Plot hole: When Jamie and Cully go on the offensive, Jamie lures a quark away from a drilling site into a narrow valley, then Cully drops a boulder onto it. Yet when we see the crushed quark, it is next to a drill, on flat land.

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Revenge of the Cybermen - S12-E5

Plot hole: The Vogans live on a planet made of gold. They helped develop the gold weapons that defeated the Cybermen. They know the Cybermen are coming and live in a state of paranoia about that eventuality. So why in the world do they attack the Cybermen with useless projectile weapons instead of "glitter guns" or some other gold-based weapon?

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The Green Death - S10-E5

Plot hole: Jo should know what the dematerialisation circuit looks like. She saw it in 'Terror of the Autons', 'The Three Doctors' and several other episodes.

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The Twin Dilemma - S21-E7

Plot hole: Peri makes no mention of the Doctor's heroic sacrifice on her behalf, nor thanks him for it (no wonder he's touchy).

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Pyramids of Mars - S13-E3

Plot hole: Why is the warning about Sutekh broadcast in English? (It clearly is as the Doctor identifies three E's in the transcript).

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The Curse of Fenric - S26-E3

Plot hole: One sequence which makes little sense is when Ace triggers the booby-trap gas grenade on the chess board. Although the Doctor places a wastepaper basket over the grenade, the green toxic gas is very much present for the rest of the scene but does not harm either the Doctor or Ace, despite it being shown to have been lethal to the soldiers in a preceding scene. (NOTE: This error only applies the TV broadcast and the original video release; the error was noticed and corrected in 2003 for the DVD release of this Doctor Who story.

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The Curse of Peladon - S9-E2

Plot hole: The delegate 'Centauri' is a 'hexapod' - a creature with six legs and feet. ('Hex' = "six", 'pod' = 'foot'.) But throughout this Doctor Who story, 'Centauri' can be seen with all six legs and feet in the air, projecting from the front of the creature...so what is it walking around on?

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The Sea Devils - S9-E3

Plot hole: The Doctor and the Master both surface in bright orange diving suits and are the only two wearing them. But when the supposed body of the Master is dragged out it is also wearing an orange diving suit, and the Doctor and Master are still wearing theirs, so a third suit appeared from nowhere.

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The Happiness Patrol - S25-E2

Plot hole: In episode 1, on both occasions that Silas P presents his card (first to Daphne S, then later to the Doctor), he gives it to his victims the wrong way around. They have to surreptitiously turn it over so that the side with his name on it is facing them, and then act surprised when he tells them to flip the card over to reveal the words "Happiness Patrol Undercover", as if they hadn't seen it before.

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The Leisure Hive - S18-E1

Plot hole: The Doctor and Romana comment on a recording which has finished playing BEFORE they have entered the room. Not only that, but all the other characters behave as if The Doctor and Romana had seen this recording.

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Nightmare of Eden - S17-E4

Plot hole: When Della gets shot in the face in episode four, she clutches her stomach. (What is even more remarkable about this error is that this keeps happening over and over again: someone gets shot and falls to the ground, clutching their stomachs, regardless of where they have actually been shot. See the error in Season 14's 'The Deadly Assassin' for an example of the SAME error occurring).

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Attack of the Cybermen - S22-E1

Plot hole: The junkyard at 76 Totters Lane seen in 'Attack of the Cybermen' was also in 'An Unearthly Child'. If you consider London's high land value, it is highly unlikely that an ownerless junkyard would still survive twenty-two years....the local authority would have long since issued a "compulsory purchase order."

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Robot - S12-E1

Plot hole: The SRS has, at their command, a robot who can punch through armor plate and dig through solid rock. So why do they go to such great lengths to get the disintegrator gun - only to use it to open a safe the robot could easily have ripped open?

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The Seeds of Doom - S13-E6

Plot hole: At the very end, the TARDIS materializes in Antarctica and Sarah comments that they've returned. But the TARDIS was never there - the Doctor and Sarah went to Antarctica by helicopter.

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The Ribos Operation - S16-E1

Plot hole: In 'The Ribos Operation' Romana states that her age is 'nearly 140' (presumably Earth years, although this is never confirmed). However, in the later (season 17) story 'City of Death' Romana says that she is '125 years old'.

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Delta and the Bannermen - S24-E3

Plot hole: In episode 3, the swarm of "bees" attacking Gavrok and his men look nothing like real bees, being far too large when they approach the camera's position. (In fact, stock footage of a swarm of locusts was used.).

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Dragonfire - S24-E4

Plot hole: At the end of episode 1, the 'cliffhanger' ending is that The Doctor climbs over some railings, and then, by looping his umbrella on the railing, he begins to climb down. He looks down and it seems to be a very long way down. This is resolved in episode 2 by having Glitz walk around and let the Doctor step on his shoulders. Not only is it silly, but because Glitz walked around, it also makes the previous 'cliffhanger ending' totally meaningless.

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The Invisible Enemy - S15-E2

Plot hole: The Nucleus of the Swarm is referred to on numerous occasions as being a virus. A virus is the simplest form of life yet recognised and is made up of bundles of DNA wrapped in a coating of proteins. They reproduce by attaching themselves to other lifeforms and releasing their genes into an unsuspecting host cell. Viruses do NOT lay eggs. Nor do they resemble prawns.(It would be more accurate to describe the Nucleus of the Swarm as a protozoan. These are simple animal lifeforms radically more advanced than viruses, around a fifth of which are parasitic although not all cause disease).

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Revenge of the Cybermen - S12-E5

Plot hole: Sarah is transmatted down to Voga after being injected with alien poison by a Cybermat. According to the Doctor, the transmat will recognise Sarah's human molecules and separate and reject the (non-human) poison molecules. As clothing fabrics tend to made of non-human molecules, how come Sarah and Harry didn't arrive on Voga stark naked?

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The Armageddon Factor - S16-E6

Plot hole: In episode four, Merak expounds on how only the Doctor and Romana can get into the TARDIS, despite the fact that he shouldn't even know what the TARDIS is. His insight continues in episode six, where he talks knowledgeably of the sixth segment of the Key To Time, despite having been told nothing about it.

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Planet of the Daleks - S10-E4

Plot hole: 10,000 Daleks sounds impressive but it wouldn't be enough to invade a planet, let alone an entire galaxy.

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The Daleks - S1-E2

Plot hole: Why does the Daleks' prison have beds? The Daleks don't need them and clearly state that they have no idea what the Thals look like, speculating that they are "horribly mutated".

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Season 20 generally

Plot hole: In "The Five Doctors" Susan tells Turloch that she can pilot the TARDIS to some extent. During series 1 and 2, it was clear that she couldn't pilot it at all. She couldn't have been taught between episodes as The Doctor had little idea himself.

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